Political science is the academic discipline that studies power and policy: how power is acquired; the challenges to retaining power; the impact of power on the relations between and among institutions and individuals in society; and the policies that result. Students who major in political science will learn how political decisions are made and will develop analytic skills useful in careers in government, business, professional schools, and not-for-profit organizations.  

At Carlow, the curriculum covers American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. The courses are designed to engage students in discourse regarding the concepts, organizations, and models that are at the core of the study of power and politics in the United States and internationally. Students will examine issues of control, freedom, gender, and influence as they study and assess the manner in which power and authority have impacted the development and organization of societies, relations between and among nations, and the management of conflict and peace. 

To complete a Bachelor of Arts in political science students must take courses in: American government, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, and research methods, as well as complete an internship capstone. Students can also pursue minors in computer investigation and international security studies, pre-law, and public policy. 

Interested students at Carlow who meet the qualifications may pursue 3/3 admissions programs, leading to law school programs with the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University School of Law, as well as early assurance admissions, with scholarship aid, to the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public & International Affairs.  


As a student in Carlow's political science program, you will: 

  • Develop your capabilities to think critically and mindfully  
  • Train to become informed, engaged and reflective citizens  
  • Learn to use tools for analytical reasoning, primary and secondary research, and oral and written communication.  

Carlow students have connected with internships and field experiences with such organizations as Knox County Health Department, various political campaigns, World Affairs Council, Global Pittsburgh United Nations (online internship), as well as pursued research opportunities with the YWCA Center for Race & Gender Equity, Women's Law Project, and Auberle. For those who wish to study abroad, Carlow has had students who studied conflict resolution in Belfast and international relations in Brussels. You may keep up on our department's activities by joining our Facebook page. 

You become prepared for careers in advocacy, legislative and policy analysis, journalism, international security analysis, and international business. Alumni are employed by city and county governments; legal advocacy; the Allegheny County Courts; Public Allies; and the Peace Corps. Graduates of the program have gained admission to respected law schools and graduate schools, including programs at Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh.



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Allyson Lowe, dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change, was among five Carlow professors featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as the city's best.